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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.
Dr. Deborah Harter

Dr. Deborah Harter

Associate Professor
French Studies

School of Humanities
Rice University

Deborah Harter, Associate Professor of French Studies at Rice, earned her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley, spent two years at the University of Chicago as an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, and is the author of Bodies in Pieces: Fantastic Narrative and the Poetics of the Fragment (Stanford, 1996). She helped launch Rice’s first Faculty Senate, serving as Deputy Speaker from 2005-2007 and as Speaker from 2007-2009.  She has been the recipient of research fellowships from the University of California, the AAUW, the ACLA, and from Rice’s Humanities Research Center.  Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize and the Alison Sarofim Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities, she has also been the three-time recipient of the  George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching, was named Faculty Mentor of the Year in 2008, and has twice been recognized with Rice’s Impact Award for her contributions to women.  Currently directing a two-year graduate seminar for Rice’s Humanities Research Center on “Frames of the Beautiful, the Criminal, and the Mad,” Harter is working to complete two book manuscripts, the first entitled The Truth about Fiction:  Creative Impossibilities from Balzac to ‘Silence of the Lambs,’  and the second:  On the Subject of Kissing Hairy Creatures, and other Essays about things that Matter.